Individual and Couples Psychotherapy
ANS clinicians approach psychotherapy from a practical whole-person perspective. We utilize an integrative approach of Mindfulness-based Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies and Humanistic principles. We help individuals identify the true problems that interfere with personal satisfaction and wellbeing. We are active in the therapeutic process; we train individuals in the use of internal and external resources to effectively handle the issues at hand, establish attainable goals, and to transcend the obstacles. We specializes in trauma, loss, executive regulation, and relationship issues. ANS providers help individuals come-to-terms with the past, build a solid ground in the present, and create a meaningful future worth living. We work with adolescents, adults, and seniors.
Individuals with brain injuries, movement disorders, chronic medical illness, trauma history, or loss of a loved one may find themselves struggling with adjustment difficulties with daily life. ANS providers have expertise working with complicated adjustment issues and is skilled at facilitating resolve and wellbeing.
Cognitive Skill Building
It is not uncommon for individuals with a brain injury to think, “I can do this, I always have,” only to find out later that they cannot. This can be extremely upsetting. After all, we need our brain to think, so when the brain is injured it becomes hard to anticipate how functional difficulties might show up in the routine of life, which is very frustrating when mistakes are made. For individuals dealing with brain injury, early dementia, or just having difficulties being effective in life, ANS clinicians provide strategies and work-arounds designed to optimize thinking organization and memory. We help individuals “raise their game” in their daily life.
Psychological trauma can be caused by a number of sources: physical, mental, or emotional insults; real or perceived threats to self; and real or perceived threats to others. Most traumatic experiences reduce in intensity over time, naturally. However, some traumatic experiences become more problematic over time with repeated exposures or associated cues experienced by the individual. Indeed, psychological trauma can be more devastating and debilitating than any physical trauma. Psychotherapy, such as Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), is considered a “gold standard” intervention for post-traumatic stress and acute stress reactions. ANS clinicians offer CBT interventions in a practical and compassionate manner designed to relieve the symptoms and neutralize the stress reaction.
Some individuals deal with pain that does not go away after the medical condition is stabilized. Pain can be debilitating and significantly detract from quality of life of affected individuals and their loved ones. ANS clinicians provide education and interventions that help relieve and manage the pain experience, including lifestyle and relaxation training. We also works closely with pain management specialists (such as anesthesiologists, psychiatrists) to complement medical interventions.
Medically-Complicated Psychological Clinical Intervention and Collaboration
ANS providers work with individuals coping with a wide range of difficulties. Our training, skills, and experience adds to our effectiveness treating psychological and emotional issues identified by treating doctors (such as primary care physicians, neurologists, and psychiatrists). Our collaborative approach with physicians has enabled us to effectively and successfully address a wide range of hard-to-treat medically-related psychological conditions including:
- Somataform disorder
- Psychogenic non-epileptic seizure disorders
- Autoimmune disorders